An Update

Monday, July 13, 2015

There is something about garden-planting that is good for the soul. It is also good for relationships, if (as I was doing here) you use the time while your brother is planting squash-plants to keep him company and have a nice talk with him. And take pictures of him.

Sadly, after I had succeeded in taking approximately forty million pictures of him planting, him smiling, him talking, him digging in the earth, and him looking at me with that melt-a-sister's-heart grin, there was a camera card mishap and I lost all but just a few pics. :/ Oh well... here are the survivors!

I miss Curtis already... he is four hours south of us right now, in the midst of another med school rotation, and won't be back for a few weeks. Road-trip time!! We've already been down once to see him, with many more plans in the works...

A very happy plant.

Curtis also took advantage of his recent break-week to cook up some absolutely amazing dishes. This guy can really COOK! Here he is making Chiles Rellenos, and on the side, authentic Mexican rice, and a big pan of sweet corn tomalito. It was incredible. I was super happy to let him take over the kitchen. :)

And did I mention that he doesn't mind washing the dishes?? :)

We enjoyed a wonderful July 4th fireworks show this year, and as you can see from this picture, we (and a bunch of other people) had front-row seats to the action. It felt like the fireworks were bursting right above us, which was almost the case. But the boys assured me that we would not get pelted with flaming fragments of fireworks, and they were right! Not that I was worried or anything. (ahem :)

I was trying to capture the way the fog hung in the trees this morning, but the picture doesn't do it justice. It was really beautiful... I love the way we get early morning clouds here that rest in the forest until the sun comes up and melts them. It makes for a dreamy sort of pre-breakfast calm.

Enjoying a tasty lemonade on my 22nd birthday!

We enjoyed a relaxing day on my birthday, complete with a hotdog roast and s'mores over the campfire. The pretty yellow flowers on the table there were given to me by an amazing guy - three of them, actually. And one amazing girl. And two amazing parents. Yep, I have the best family in the world!! :)

A Wedding in Canada

Monday, July 6, 2015

Last week, we were blessed to be able to attend the wedding of a dear friend in Canada! It was absolutely gorgeous... the Lupine was blooming, and other Spring wildflowers were abounding (yes, it is actually colder there than here in Vermont!). The wedding was held outdoors, at the bride's home (pic below) and it was a really sweet time of fellowship, celebration, and good memories made.

Here are a few pictures that Austin took...

Isn't their home beautiful?

The happy bride, coming up the aisle

I loved this part... the bride and groom are from opposite sides of the continent, so for the sand-combining ritual, the bride's sand was from the far East coast, and the groom's from the far West. It was so sweet!

Introducing husband and wife!

Love this bro.

Happy Monday, people!


Friday, July 3, 2015

Because I have approximately two and a half seconds to write a blog post right now, before rushing to the kitchen to make chips & salsa for dinner, and then getting ready to go see fireworks this evening (yay!), I thought I'd share a few pics that various people snapped on various phones this week...

Lunch on the deck

Isabella and I, enjoying a late lunch together after harvesting garlic scapes all morning

Picking the very first pepper of the season!!

Truly a day worth celebrating. I think we should have some ice cream.

Enjoy the fireworks, everyone!

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